A weird object 4,000 light-years away from Earth was discovered by Astronomers. A study published in Nature on 01/26/2022 said the object disappears from view every other minute and emits a giant burst of radio waves three times an hour.
Curtin University student Tyrone O’Doherty was the first to see the mysterious object when he observed the sky in outback Western Australia.
“It’s exciting that the source I identified last year has turned out to be such a peculiar object,” O’Doherty said in a press release.
Astronomers say that this is an object unlike anything they have discovered before. They say it sends out a massive beam of radiation that, every 20 minutes, becomes one of the brightest in the sky, spinning and disappearing every other minute. Scientists call Space objects that turn on and off in the sky at night “transients,” which are somewhat common.
“When studying transients, you’re watching the death of a massive star or the activity of the remnants it leaves behind,” ICRAR-Curtin astrophysicist Dr. Gemma Anderson said.
Astronomers currently believe that it may be a rare type of neutron star or a collapsing white dwarf, but they’ll need to research it more to determine if it is a new type of space object.